Personnel of the Nigeria police Command in Ogun State have arrested Pastor in charge of Life and Power Bible church, Pastor Mathew Oladapo for forcefully having canal knowledge with a 19-year-old girl in the church.
A statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Wednesday, said Oladipo allegedly committed the crime while the member (name withheld) came for deliverance during night deliverance session at the church on February 20, 2022.
The police spokesman recalled that the alleged rapist, was arrested following a report lodged at Ogijo Divisional headquarters by the victim, who reported that while attending the church service on the 20th of February 2022, the Pastor told her that he saw a vision that she is having a spiritual husband which she needs to be delivered of.
The victim stated further that the Pastor told her she will undergo three nights of fasting and prayer in the church for total deliverance, preliminary investigation conducted by the police said, “in addition, she was asked to come to the church with 1,000 Naira note and anointing oil”.
“But on the first night of the fasting and prayer, she was taken to a room within the church where the Pastor ordered her to pull off her clothes and undies and lay down on a piece of cloth on the floor which she obeyed.
“While lying on the floor, the Pastor started rubbing the anointing oil on her body and inserted his finger into her private part. When she protested, the Pastor pinned her down, covered her mouth and forcefully had sex with her with the claim that it is the only way to break bond between her and the spirit husband.
“Upon the report, the DPO Ogijo Division, CSP Onatufe Umoh, quickly detailed his detectives to the scene where the randy Pastor was promptly arrested”, DPS Oyeyemi said.
The Press statement also revealed that upon interrogation, “the suspect confessed to the crime, but claimed to have been overwhelmed by spirit”.
In the meantime, the Commissioner of police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to anti-human trafficking and Child labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.
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